OK, I'm hoping you ladies will be able to help me, or at least sympathize. A will not play by herself. I try to invest time with her in the mornings in the hope that she'll have enough Mama attention and then be able to play by herself later in the day, but it's not working. Aside from very rare occasions, she wants me to do everything with her.
She won't paint or color unless I'm sitting next to her, and what coloring really means to her is asking me to write her name or draw "Mama holding A". When she plays with play dough, she wants me to make snowmen for her. She only wants to put together the puzzles that are too hard for her to do alone. She won't sing without an audience. She wants to play doctor, but she only wants me to be her patient. Suggestions that she listen to her baby doll's heart are met with, "No. Listen to Mama's heart." She won't play on the piano by herself. She won't toss balls into a basket without me right there. Etc. Etc. Etc.
I'm about to go crazy. The only thing I can do to get a break is turn on the TV. I really need for her to learn to play on her own, even if it's just for 10-15 minute intervals. Any suggestions? Or is this completely normal for a two-year-old?